Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, Aug. 26-27, 2017
This page is designed to give local, regional and national media outlets the resources and tools they need to best cover the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. Below you will find several resources and important information, including recent press releases, street closure information and details on credentials, access, parking, live broadcasts and more. Specific questions or other inquiries should be directed toward Charlotte Pride’s primary media contact. Official statements, comments and releases will be posted to our press release archive or available from our primary media contact.
Please note: Expected crowds at the festival and parade on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 may limit cell reception Uptown or loud events might prevent our media contact from answering his phone. Please feel free to text, leave a voice mail or call back if your call is missed.
Press Releases & Media Statements
Latest Press Releases and Media Advisories:
Click here for an archive of our most recent press releases, media advisories and statements.
Press Conferences & Media Events:
Friday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. — Press Conference
Trade & Tryon Sts. (on S. Tryon St. in the festival set-up area)
Press conference with event organizers and government/public agency officials
Friday, Aug. 25, 4-5 p.m. — Press Availability
Trade & Tryon Sts.
Event organizers will be available for interviews and updates from 4-5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 26 — 12:30 p.m. — Press Availability
Wells Fargo Stage, S. Tryon & Stonewall Sts.
Opening Ceremony with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other dignitaries, followed back-stage at 1 p.m. by brief press availability with event organizers and other officials.
Saturday, Aug. 26 — 4 p.m.
S. Tryon St. & MLK Blvd.
Event organizers will be available for interviews and updates from 4-4:30 p.m.
Details for other press conferences and media events during the weekend will be announced soon.
Street closures for the festival are as follows:
Friday, August 25, 9:30 a.m.:
Tryon Street from Levine Avenue of the Arts to Trade Street
All cross streets will remain open
Saturday, August 26, 6 a.m.:
Tryon Street between Stonewall and Trade Street
All cross streets will close – Levine Avenue of the Arts, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, 3rd and 4th Streets
Sunday, August 27, 10:30 p.m.:
Streets will reopen.
Street closures for the parade are as follows:
The Charlotte Pride Parade will begin Sunday, August 27 at 1 p.m. at 9th Street and Tryon Street. The parade turns east on Trade Street and disperses on College Street. Staging for the parade will close Tryon Street between 9th and 11th Streets and the cross streets between Church Street and College Street at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
PNC Bank Festival Zone
Saturday, Aug. 26, Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 27, Noon-6 p.m.
S. Tryon St., between Trade & Stonewall Sts.
Festival Attractions: Youth Zone, Family Zone, Karaoke Bar, HIV Testing/Awareness, Food Court
Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade
Sunday, Aug. 27, 1-3 p.m.
N. Tryon St., starting at 9th St. turning left at Trade St., to College St.
Wells Fargo Stage
Saturday, Aug. 26, Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 27, Noon-6 p.m.
S. Tryon and Stonewall Sts.
Wells Fargo Stage Highlights
Opening Ceremony with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Saturday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m.
Featuring the official opening of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade weekend, with the presentation of the colors, national anthem, interfaith moment, and special guests including Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and more.
Champions Of Pride & Parade Awards
Sunday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m.
Featuring the presentation of this year’s Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Award recipients, Parade Grand Marshals, inaugural Charlotte Pride Scholarship recipients and announcements on this year’s parade awards.
Credentials & Access
All members of the media are asked to wear identifying marks or proper outlet-issued credentials while on-site at the event. Charlotte Pride will not be issuing media credentials of its own. Limited access to the stage area, VIP area and other restricted access areas will be granted only to those members of the media possessing proper credentials from a recognized media outlet. Access to restricted areas will be granted at the sole discretion of Charlotte Pride officials. Members of the media should contact Matt Comer with any specific footage or coverage needs in restricted areas by calling or texting 704-625-6449 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Media will only be allowed stage access between entertainment acts and will not be allowed in backstage areas, unless having received prior approval from Matt Comer.
In order to ensure all media outlets receive the materials, footage and interviews they require either before or during the event, Charlotte Pride asks ALL members of the media planning on covering the festival and/or parade to RSVP their expected attendance to Matt Comer at 704-625-6449 or email@example.com. To contact Matt Comer on site, you may call or text or ask any person wearing a staff T-shirt or anyone at an information tent to radio him for you.
Charlotte Pride organizers will be available for in-person interviews prior to the event, during the event and after the event at the specified times listed above in the Press Conferences & Media Events section. Other availability during the weekend event may be limited. To schedule an interview outside of publicized events, please call Matt Comer at 704-625-6449. Please note: Expected crowds at the festival and parade on Saturday and Sunday may limit cell reception Uptown or loud events might prevent our media contact from answering his phone. Please feel free to text, leave a voice mail or call back if your call is missed.
Television media are welcome to join us anytime during our event for morning, afternoon or evening news broadcasts. A limited number of parking spaces for TV trucks will be available on-site. Media trucks needing parking for live broadcasts can park on W. MLK Blvd. behind or adjacent to festival recycling and trash trucks. Max cable run is 400 feet depending on parking location. Please contact Matt Comer at 704-625-6449 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to have live news crews present at the event. Crews will be able to set up on-site at the W. MLK Blvd. location on Saturday, Aug. 26, 6 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday, Aug. 27, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. On-site broadcasting parking will vary on Friday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For a detailed site map, email email@example.com.
Charlotte Pride cannot guarantee on-site media parking within the festival area or on closed streets. We suggest the paid surface lot on College St., between St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Harvey Gantt Museum. Media might also be able to park trucks in front of the old Charlotte Observer building location, but this is not guaranteed.
A note on editorial coverage
Charlotte Pride organizers respectfully ask media outlets to remember that Charlotte Pride is a celebration of the entire diversity of the LGBTQ community. Please limit your coverage of protesters who seek to distract from and disparage the LGBTQ community and our allies. Please strive to include a full diversity of images and community members in your coverage, including LGBTQ people of all ages, races and backgrounds, LGBTQ-led families, people of faith and others. Organizers thank local media outlets for their continued diligence in ensuring fair and equitable coverage of the LGBTQ community.
2017 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade
The annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade will be held this year on Aug. 26-27, 2017. The two-day festival will be held in the PNC Bank Festival Zone on S. Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall Sts., and will include close to 200 vendors and non-profit community organizations, community and headlining entertainment, arts activities, a family zone, youth zone and more. The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on N. Tryon St. on Sunday, Aug. 27, 1-3 p.m. Featured and community entertainment is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 on the Wells Fargo Stage. Last year’s event attracted more than 130,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, making Charlotte Pride the largest LGBTQ event in the Carolinas and between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
The festival and parade are the signature annual events for Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We present and collaborate on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, and the GayCharlotte Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. It is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.